What could have served as a colorful episode in a more expansive film about the famed singer has instead become the premise of a mildly entertaining but overextended road movie that doesn't succeed on either dramatic or comedic terms.
oaded with wit, nifty little ideas and an extraordinary sense of design, but its allure is of quite a particular nature, much closer to that of Ed Wood than of Burton's earlier, and far more commercially successful, works.
Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead starts with an enjoyable, if crude, black comedy situation promised by the title, but then it turns into an incredibly dumb teenage girl's fantasy of making it in the business world.
The movie was not very good. However, the bonus material about the life of John Holmes was fascinating. The bonus package included indept interviews with John's movie directors, co-stars, former wife and girlfriend, John himself, and actual video of the Wonderland crime scene where four people were beaten to death. The price of the DVD\/Blu-ray was well worth it for the bonus material alone. That is, if one is into a detailed account of John Holmes' movie career including the historic murder events involving Holmes. Holmes was a pioneer blue movie actor that used the stage name Johnny Wad in the private eye movie series. John was also, as one movie director put it: John Holmes was to blue movies as Elvis was to Rock and Roll...He was simply the King. Be advised...the murder scene video provided a graphic account of the murders.\n\nIf you are like me and tired of computer generate fiction, this account of real life events will be your cup of tea.